13,000 Bags of Heroin Found in Car's Hidden Compartment

A traffic stop in Delaware has led to the confiscation of more than 13,000 bags of heroin and thousands of dollars in cash -- a haul that state troopers say is one of the largest they've ever made.

Luis Garcia Valle, 22, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was stopped by a Delaware State Trooper at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday along Naamans Road near Peachtree Road in Claymont, Delaware, Cpl. John Day told NBC10.com. Troopers said he was observed committing a number of moving violations.

Day said that Garcia Valle was acting suspiciously and that a drug detection K9 officer indicated there could be drugs in the rear of the man's 2000 Mercedes-Benz S340.

During an inspection, troopers found a hidden compartment in the backseat of the car and inside 13,006 bags of heroin and $6,900 in cash, Day said. The total drug haul equated to 325.15 grams of the illegal substance.

Day called the drug recovery was "unusually large" and one of the biggest confiscations in the agency's history.

Garcia Valle was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver. He was booked on $1.3 million cash bail and remains in the county prison.

PHOTO: Delaware State Police say they found these drugs, 13,000 bags worth of heroin, and cash hidden in a compartment in a man's car.

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